Saturday, September 28, 2013

RailRoad track Safty

Safty Tips For vehicles traveling beside Big Rigs

Safety Tips:

Passenger cars: Many crashes between heavy commercial trucks and passenger cars can be avoided by following these safety tips.
•Be extra alert as you approach a large truck. They behave very differently from cars.
•Avoid blind spots around trucks. If you can't see a truck's side mirrors, the truck driver can't see you. One-third of all crashes between large trucks and cars take place in the blind spots around a truck.
•Do not pass a truck on the right while the truck is turning right. Trucks must swing wide to the left to negotiate right turns safely, as the rear wheels follow a shorter path than the front wheels.
•Do not cut in front of any large vehicle, including a truck or a bus. Since they require much more distance to stop in comparison to cars, forcing a large vehicle to stop quickly can result in a fatal accident.
•Use the proper procedure to pass a large truck or bus on the highway. Accelerate slightly and maintain a consistent speed while passing. Wait until you can see the entire cab in your rear-view mirror before signaling and pulling in front of it.
•Observe a truck's turn signals before trying to pass it. If the truck appears to be starting a left turn, check which way the driver is signaling before passing the truck on the right.
•Give trucks at least four to six seconds of space in wet conditions and at highway speeds.
•Call authorities if you see unsafe driving.
•Do not cut off a truck in traffic or on the highway to reach your exit or turn.

Truckers: Consider these safety practices when you're out on the road.

Get plenty of rest before driving. Eat well and stay fit. Driver fatigue and lack of attention can significantly increase your risk of a crash. Hours of service violations are serious and can threaten your livelihood or even your life. Stay healthy and well rested, or don't drive!

Watch out for highway construction. Stay alert. Almost one-third of work zone fatal crashes involved large trucks. Most of these crashes occurred during the day. Take your time going through work zones. Give yourself plenty of room, and expect the unexpected.

Other drivers may not be aware of the size of your blind spots. One-third of all crashes between large trucks and cars take place in the No-Zone areas around a truck. Adjust your mirrors and be vigilant in watching out for vehicles in the No-Zone.

Always leave enough space between you and the vehicle in front of you. In rear-end collisions, regardless of the situation, if you hit someone from behind, you are considered "at fault." Large trucks, given their mass, have much greater stopping distances than 4-wheelers. Take advantage of your driving height, and anticipate hard braking situations.

It can save your life. Inspect your vehicle before each trip, and check your brakes regularly. Brake defects are the most frequently cited out-of-service inspection violation. Learn how to inspect your brakes, identify safety defects, and get them repaired before risking your life, and others, on the highway.

Avoid aggressive drivers and maintain a safe speed. Two-thirds of all traffic fatalities may be caused by aggressive driving behaviors. Keep your distance and maintain a safe speed. The only thing excessive speed increases is your chance for a crash.

Buckle up for safety and vehicle control. If you are in a crash, a seat belt will save your life and that of others. It will keep you in your seat and allow for you to maintain control of your truck. Increasing seat belt use is still the single most effective thing we can do to save lives and reduce injuries on our roadways.

On the highway, and through safety promotional events, be the professional! Help stranded motorists. Notify traffic safety agencies of crashes, unsafe drivers, unsafe roadway conditions, and other situations that can lead to crashes. Join a "Highway Watch" program, if available in your state. Your participation in public safety events and your performance on the highway can change public perception!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Watch for other drivers who are NOT paying attention

Weekly Safety Message: An inattentive driver is one who is not looking forward, not paying attention to the forward scene, or is engaged in a secondary, non-driving related task. Pay attention to what is in front of you. Keep your eyes on the road and keep them moving. Plan your trip and know where you are going. Watch out for other drivers who may be distracted.

Monday, September 9, 2013

2013 Brake Safety Awareness Week is this week, Sept 8-14

** 2013 Brake Safety Awareness Week is this week, Sept 8-14! **

Check your brakes:
- Are the hoses rubbing together? TIP: Zip-tie them so they
don't rub!...
- Are the hoses crimped? If so, replace them!
- Brake out of adjustment? Maximum push rod travel allowed d
depends on size and type of brake chamber. If push rod travel
is beyond measurement allowed by DOT Standards it is "out of
adjustment". TIP: Measure and track changes on the
- Inoperative Brakes? Clevis pin missing? Slack adjuster no long
attached to push-rod?

These Roadside Violations can result in 12 CSA points or more!